Monday, September 3, 2012

Finding affordable organic meats

Finding organic meats at the grocery store for an affordable price can be really tough sometimes. After a year or more of practice we have come up with some money saving tips that have made it a little easier to find and afford to eat green.

Cook with less...
finding affordable organic meat
Finding Affordable Organic Meat
For starters we have changed our lifestyle all together. We eat less meat and cook with less meat so we have room in our budget for organic meat. By serving meatless meals two to three times per week we save money on the amount of meat we use. When we do cook with meat, we have cut our normally 1 pound recipes down to 3/4 pound and sometimes even 1/2 pound. Instead of serving each person a steak, we serve one large grass fed steak sliced four ways.

Buy managers special...

Another money saving tip is to buy meat on managers special and freeze it. I was surprised to find out that my local farmer's market runs managers specials on organic ground beef and chicken just like any other meat. Sometimes you may have to get up early one weekday morning, but the trade off is usually half price meat. The trick here is to take it strait home to the freezer. A Food Saver is super great for this too.

Wild caught, humanly treated and kosher

When you can't find organic meats, humanly treated, kosher and wild caught offer a reasonable alternative. I watch for wild caught salmon in the freezer section and I buy it in bulk. I watch for ground buffalo meat on manager's special and lamb is often available in the spring.

Buy in bulk...

Finally, consider buying in bulk from an organic farmer. Some local alternatives in Arizona are Date Creek Ranch and Topline Foods. When you buy in bulk on a quarterly basis you might pay more upfront but you will often save per pound in the long run.

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